Prep volleyball: Galion wins two of three matches at Shelby Invitational

By Andrew Carter -

Galion collected two wins in three matches on Saturday at the Shelby Invitational volleyball tournament. The Tigers defeated South Central and Ashland Crestview, but lost to Western Reserve.

The orange and blue needed just two sets to post wins over both South Central and Ashland Crestview. The Tigers defeated the Trojans, 25-21, 25-16, and handled the Cougars, 25-19, 25-20. Western Reserve swept Galion in a close match, 26-24, 26-24.

Taylor Valentine led the Tigers (6-3, 2-2 Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference) with 12 kills and four blocks in the match against South Central. Marisa Gwinner added nine kills and three blocks. Chloe McCleese had four kills. Bradlee Saterfield handed out 24 assists. Ashley Flowers and Callie Wildenthaler recorded six digs apiece. Valentine finished with five digs. Saterfield and Dusty Thomas had four digs each.

Galion was perfect on serve going 48-for-48 with three aces. The Tigers committed just five ball-handling errors and four miscues on serve receive.

Valentine recorded a team-best 13 kills and four blocks in the loss to Western Reserve, which was the second match of the tournament for Galion. She also had eight digs.

Gwinner finished with nine kills. Saterfield had 22 assists. Flowers led the Tigers with nine digs and Wildenthaler added four. Thomas finished with three digs.

Galion was also perfect on serve against the Roughriders, finishing 48-for-48. The Tigers had just one serve-receive error and five ball-handling errors.

In the final match of the tournament against Crestview, Valentine led the Tigers with 12 kills and six digs. Gwinner finished with 10 kills and a team-high four blocks. Saterfield recorded 23 assists.

Flowers, Wildenthaler and Kiki Staton finished with three digs each. Thomas, Saterfield and McCleese each had two digs.

Galion finished 44-for-48 serving, 95-for-98 in ball handling and 30-of-33 on serve receive.

The Tigers return to Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference action Tuesday when they travel to Marion Harding. The Presidents (2-6, 2-2 MOAC) lost to Fairbanks and Red Division co-leader Jonathan Alder in their last two matches.

Galion returns home Thursday to face North Union. The Lady Wildcats (5-2, 3-2 MOAC) snapped a two-match losing streak last Thursday when they swept River Valley.

By Andrew Carter

Reach Carter at 419-468-1117, ext. 2048, or on Twitter @ACGalionSports.

Reach Carter at 419-468-1117, ext. 2048, or on Twitter @ACGalionSports.